Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

Is It Time To Sell Campbell?

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Frazier Campbell is one of the youngsters a lot of reds have high hopes for. We desperately want to see United standard players come up through the academy and Campbell is someone United fans could argue might have what it takes. He's incredibly pacey and has a good eye for goal. He scored the winner in [.

Fergie Agrees To Olympics Job?

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Reports in some of today's papers claim that Sir Alex Ferguson has accepted the job of managing the Great Britain football team in London's 2012 Olympic Games. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged Great Britain to organise a football team, but the fear that Scotland, England and Wales would have to enter all competitions as a [.

Who’s Haaland Trying To Kid?

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Before I get too deep in to this article, I want to make it clear at no point do I agree with or condone what Roy Keane did to Alfe-Inge Haaland. Whilst it's always good to see tough battles for the ball between our players and our opponents, particularly our hated rivals, there's no way [...]

What Do You Make Of Scholes’ Sending Off?

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Paul Scholes got sent off in yesterday's defeat to Zenit St Petersburg for a second bookable offence. Just before the whistle sounded to signal the end of the first half, Scholes got booked for one of his typical late challenges, no bother. However, with time running out, Scholes angled the ball perfectly in to the back [.

Carlos Tevez Is Worth Every Penny

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It's not often you seen United go a couple of goals down. It felt weird watching the match last night and seeing that happen. Of course, it was fully deserved, we were dreadful at times, but it was still an odd feeling. Had we won, I would have been pleased. You always want your team to [...]

Keane Ready for Hughes’ City Battle

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Roy Keane will be reunited with former team mate Mark Hughes at the Stadium of Light. Whilst the managers have faced each other before, this will be the first time Roy does so with Hughes as City manager. Following Keano's "challenge" on Alf-Inge Haaland, he is set to be in for a rough reception. Whilst most [.

Arsenal’s Wenger: United, Liverpool and Chelsea Should Be Kicked Out Of Europe

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"Who put the ball in Arsenal's net? All of fucking Europe," used to be the chant sung, following Arsenal's poor record in Europe. When United won it 1999, Wenger's team couldn't get out of the group stages, with Lens and Dynamo Kyiv finishing above them. It was the same story the following season, with Barcelona [.

More Kenyon Embarrassment

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Just yesterday I was having a good laugh at Peter Kenyon, who after two games in a Chelsea shirt, claimed Deco was the transfer deal of the summer. 2 goals in 2 games, 1 good performance 1 crap performance, and Kenyon thinks they've got Kaka on their hands. Before making such ridiculous comments, Kenyon probably [.

Vidic Might Be Miserable…But We’re Singing In The Rain

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Nemanja was quoted as saying some not very nice things about Manchester this week, which he has since denied, although some have doubted how sincere his denial of the comments were. It's a bit shady isn't it? He hasn't denied the interview took place, but claims he was just trying to get across the negative feelings [.

Fergie Ready To Take On Capello Over Hargreaves

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Oh to be an England fan eh? Booing your players off the park at half time, getting your face painted before pointless friendlies, forking out a tenner for a programme, watching a bunch over over-paid under-motivated players running about, winning nothing. All it all, it has to be said it's not the life I aspire [.

You Mean, Saha Actually Has To Pass A Medical??

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Louis Saha is a player I've stuck up for on numerous occasions, before my patience ran out. It's not him personally, I'm sure he's fine, but we simply cannot afford to be relying on a player who is injured as often as he is. He is the only player we have in his position, which [...]

Hargreaves Asked To Be Withdrawn

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Reports suggest that Owen Hargreaves has asked to be withdrawn from the squad before we face Zenit St Petersburg in tonight's UEFA Super Cup. Sir Alex Ferguson had said just yesterday that Hargreaves would be playing, but would not be able to feature for England's World Cup qualifying games. Fabio Capello was not best pleased at [.

Rooney On The Worst Thing He’s Ever Had To Do

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Wayne Rooney has got his own TV show on Sky One, where he is travelling the length of the country to find Britain's most talented youth footballers. Rooney is very much involved with the trials on the programme, Coke Zero Street Striker, where the winner gets a trip to Brazil with his family, and the [.

Rooney Disappointed By Final Sub

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Whilst all the media hype revolved around Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of our Champions League final, questions on whether he could perform on the big stage (although if scoring in the FA and League Cup finals, as well as against Liverpool, Arsenal and City, and being the top scorer in the CL doesn't make him a [.

If You Think We’re Good Now… Wait Until Our Players Mature

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Ahead of Manchester United's UEFA Super Cup game against Zenit St Petersburg, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the big future he predicts for this current team, the strongest in his reign at United. Whilst Fergie suffered much criticism for only winning one European Cup (whilst ignoring that one of our strongest teams, the Double winning [.

United’s Rivals?

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Last week I asked who United's biggest rivals were, following a survey of thousands of football fans of teams in all leagues in England. The fans in this survey regarded Liverpool as our biggest rivals, then City then Arsenal. How did RoM readers vote? Drum roll please. In third place, with 9% of the vote, it's our old [.

City Beat Midget Land On Pens

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The European dream is still alive and well for our neighbours on the bitter side of town. After losing to the Danish side that finished 2nd last season (behind the Aalborg BK who was drawn in our group yesterday) a couple of weeks ago, and the fans booing Hughes' team off the pitch, they overcame [..

Arsenal Legend In United Medical?

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Ian Wright recently gave his blessing for Arsenal hero, Thierry Henry, to sign for Manchester United. His son has since signed for Manchester City, having his medical at a Manchester hospital today. However, TalkSport radio have revealed that another player was rumoured to be in the hospital today, with the intention of moving to United.

Background On United’s Group Opponents - Rossi Will Be Pleased

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Villarreal, Celtic and Aalborg BK are the other teams that make up our Champions League group, giving us a great away day north of the border again. Villarreal - 2nd seed Giuseppe Rossi and former Gooner, Pascal Cygan, are members of the Villarreal team we are set to face. Their highest scorer last season was Turkish forward, Nihat [.

Ronaldo: I’m A Winger, But Thanks Anyway

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Cristiano Ronaldo scooped the award for the UEFA Club Forward of the Year award, as well as overall best Player, during the draw for the Champions League groups this evening. He said the key to his success was hard work and also found time to thank his team mates. However, Ronaldo made sure it was known that [.

Chelsea Rentboys Rob United Players For Awards

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During the UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw this evening, Rio Ferdinand was once again upstaged by John Terry, this time, for the European Club Defender of the Year award. Nemanja Vidic was also in the running. Then there was Petr Cech beating Edwin Van der Sar to the goalkeeping award, followed by Frank Lampard scooping [.

Finally! That Pathetic Excuse For A Player Leaves

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China's answer to Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United four years ago. Back then, Arsenal were going unbeaten in the league, Roy Carroll was our goalkeeper, Chelsea were finishing above us in the league, and a 19-year-old Portuguese kid had scored for us in the FA Cup final. United forked out £500k, with the potential to pay [.

Gerrard Missing For Liverpool Game? Rejoice!

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Following Liverpool's blinding performance against Standard Liege (a really great team in Belgium if you didn't know) Steven Gerrard is undergoing surgery on his groin. This means that he could be missing for the game against us. "We decided that Steven would play through the pain against Liege and then have the operation," Rafa Benitez, of [.

Embarrassment: Chelsea’s Kenyon

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Peter Kenyon, a supposed life-long Manchester United fan, famously blew our deal with PSG's Ronaldinho. Having agreed a fee for the player, who would become the FIFA World Player of the Year for the following two seasons, Kenyon got wind that Barcelona's last bid was a couple of million quid short of the price we [.

Rooney: We Don’t Need Berbatov

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Manchester United have been heavily linked with Dimitar Berbatov for over two years, following the striker's decision to join Tottenham Hotspur rather than waiting for a bid from United in 2006. Since then, he has made his position very clear on where his desired future is, leading to him being left out of the Spurs' squad [.

United Youth

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The RoM forum has formed a partnership with the popular ManUtdYouth site for discussion on all the latest goings on with the academy and reserve team. Results, news and videos will be posted here regularly, with discussion welcome on any topics relating to United's youth, including how our loanees are getting on at their new [.

The South American Curse Is Over

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There was a time when Manchester United fans cringed whenever we were linked with a player from South America, following a dreadful history of players originating from the continent playing in our shirt. However, following the emergence of Carlos Tevez, Anderson, the Da Silva twins and Rodrigo Possebon, is it safe to say the curse is [.

New Kit: Nice Gesture or Money Making Ploy

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Manchester United have been accused of rinsing the fans on numerous occasions, as one of the first clubs in the World to really get involved in to the business and money-making side of football. I remember the Super Store in that little shack by the Old Scoreboard end selling duvets and lampshades and wall paper and [.

Ferguson Is The Best Manager In The World

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Ahead of Manchester United's UEFA Super Cup against Zenit St Petersburg in Monaco, opposition manager Dick Advocaat has lavished praise on Sir Alex Ferguson. "He's not just the top manager in Europe, he's top of the world," Advocaat said. "You can't work at that level and stay with one club for so long if you do [.

PICTURES: What Do Gary and Ronaldo Think Of New Kit?

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As revealed on RoM at the beginning of July, United have a new third kit to add to the latest away kit, which marks the 40 year anniversary of winning the European Cup. The inside label bears 1958 in memory of the Busby Babes. United will wear this shirt in their away trips in Europe and [...]

Dippers Luck Continues

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Three shite performances, three wins for the bindippers. After being held at home for all of normal time, and almost all of extra time, up pops Dirk Kuyt (who alarmingly scored less than Louis Saha in the league last season!!) with the winner. Following the battering Liverpool received from the Belgian club (yes, Belgian!

Support For Wayne Rooney Mounts

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Manchester United fans have become accustomed to reading about our beloved players getting slated in the press. Whilst certainly all of our players aren't angels, any of their wrong doings are put firmly in the spot light. A sending off, a rant at the referee, a bad tackle, a wrongly awarded penalty, are amongst the [.

United’s 08/09 Team Photo With Trophies

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The new Manchester United team photo has been revealed today, with the club showing off last season's trophies. Manucho and new goalkeeping coach Eric Steele both feature, as well as the Da Silva twins and Rodrigo Possebon. Back row (L-R): Louis Saha, Danny Welbeck, Wes Brown, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans, Manucho, Rodrigo Possebon, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja [.

Video: Fabio’s Goal

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Fabio Da Silva scored a cracking goal against Chelsea, after making the bench against Portsmouth the evening before. What do you reckon? "Video: Fabio's Goal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vidic Loves And Respects Us Really

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Nemanja Vidic is a player who is much loved at United, following a difficult start to his career at Old Trafford. Since settling, he has shown himself to be one of the best centre backs in the World, forming a solid partnership with Rio Ferdinand. So, United fans were a little dumbfounded this morning when reading [.

Fabio Da Silva Scores From 25 Yards Against Chelsea

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Manchester United Reserves came back from 2-0 down against Chelsea today to earn a last grasp draw. Both Fabio and Rafael Da Silva were playing after missing out on any action yesterday against Portsmouth. David Gray captained a United side which included the likes of Richard Eckersley, Darron Gibson, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley in their [.

Keane Out Of Order? Clough Easily Better Than Fergie

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Like Mark Hughes, Roy Keane seems fairly keen to distance himself from Manchester United, following his departure from the club in 2005. It was only a couple of weeks ago he was tipping Chelsea for the title, and now he's claiming that Brian Clough was by far the best manager he ever had, in an interview [.

Fergie’s Top 10 Summer Signings?

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Following the difficulties in signing Dimitar Berbatov, The Sun has looked at Sir Alex Ferguson's top 10 summer buys. 10. Wayne Rooney - 2004 - £27 million - In action 9. Steve Bruce - 1987 - £800k - In action 8. Rio Ferdinand - 2002 - £30 million - In action 7. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 1996 - £1.

Team Mates Rip Anderson Over New Hair

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Anderson is well loved by United fans following an explosive debut season in the Premiership. Last night was the first time we've seen him in action in the new season, following his time in Beijing playing in the Olympics. He put on a blinding performance, much to everyone's surprise. He had played an awful amount [.

Our Best Midfield Four - Who Is It?

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There is always apprehension ahead of travelling to Fratton Park due to their recent good history against us. When looking at the players we had available to us, the worries increased. No Ryan Giggs, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Park Ji-Sung, Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves, with Anderson supposedly exhausted after 6 games in 18 matches in China.

Ronaldo Modest As Always

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When Kaka was named European and World Player of the Year last season, I argued that they'd got the wrong player. In 06-07, Cristiano Ronaldo had a superior number of both goals and assists to Kaka, despite playing in fewer games. Ronaldo was doing the business for United week in week out in the league, [.

Impressive 24 Hour Rest For Anderson

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Anderson collected a bronze medal in the Olympics last week with Brazil, after losing out to the eventual winners, Argentina, in the semi-finals. He played in the bronze medal winning match on the Friday, following a period of 6 games in 18 days, then after a 13 hour flight, arrived back in Manchester at 5pm on [.

Word On The Street… Ron Not Happy About Chant

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"Viva Ronaldo, viva Ronaldo, running down the wing, hear United sing, viva Ronaldo," our fans sung every week, with the chant becoming a bit of an anthem during the second half of the season. Ronaldo was on fire, scoring pretty much every match, and every week his song got louder and heartier. We were closing [.

Portsmouth Have The Ref In Their Pocket!

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Following our victory over Portsmouth in the Community Shield, I asked the question, tongue in cheek, whether Portsmouth paid off the refs when playing against United. In our past few matches we have seen Carlos Tevez rugby tackled in the box, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo was shoulder charged, without any consequence, then last night, Wayne Rooney [.

Fergie: We Were Worthy Winners

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Manchester United beat Portsmouth 1-0 last night, after enjoying more than 60% of the possession. Wayne Rooney also had a goal wrongly ruled out for off side. In a game where we were without several key players, at a ground where we haven't done well in recent years, our lads gave a good account of [.

VIDEO: Portsmouth Goal and Highlights

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United beat Portsmouth surprisingly convincingly this evening, despite being without several key players. But we're still behind Hull. Scholes freekick Fletcher goal Wayne Rooney chance "VIDEO: Portsmouth Goal and Highlights" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chelsea Better Than United in Europe

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Roman Abramovich has got his wish! Chelsea are the top side in Europe. Unfortunately for them though, they have no trophy to show for it... The Champions League draw will be made in Monaco on Thursday, following the finally qualifying games on Wednesday. 07/08 United - Winners Chelsea - Final 06/07 United - Semis Chelsea - Semis 05/06 Chelsea - Round of 16 United [.

Battle For Appearances: Wes vs Gary

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If Wes Brown plays today, he will be making his 200th league appearance for us (308 overall), meaning he is just a few games short of matching Brian Kidd, Harry Gregg and Norman Whiteside's totals. However, Gary Neville should be in contention for starting, which would be his 350th start for the club, and his 543rd [.

Pressure Ahead of Portsmouth Match

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Manchester United take on Pompey tonight, in a disappointingly timed match. Why are we playing at 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday? The temptations of an all-day session in the local are almost certainly too much to resist! After having a laugh with the bluenoses yesterday, comparing the 'doubles' our teams achieved last season, the pressure is [.

Don’t Do It Fergie!

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If Sir Alex Ferguson sticks to his plan, he should be retiring as Manchester United manager in 2010/2011, and presumably taking up another role within the club. However, Fergie might be convinced to take on another job. PM Gordon Brown, who originates from Fergie's home town, has confirmed that Seb Coe, the chairman of the London [.

Rooney: Maybe Ron Brags To Boss But I Don’t

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When a player emerges as a Premier League top talent when just 16-years-old, there is going to be the weight of expectation upon their shoulders. If that player then goes on to sign for Manchester United for a fee with the potential of rising to £30 million when their 18-years-old, the pressure of fulfilling the [.

Rio MERKED Liverpool’s Torres

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Fernando Torres got kicked off the park against United, at Old Trafford and Anfield, if you ask any scouser. He didn't bottle it against United and our defence weren't too good for him. He simply was cheated out of a good performance. It's Sunday, kick back and relax, and check out a couple of videos.

Portsmouth Preview: Time To Live Dangerously?

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Manchester United take on Portsmouth away tomorrow, in a game which is typically pretty tough for our lads. We drew with them on the second day of the season last year and in the four matches before that at Fratton Park, we've lost three of them. Whilst rolling over too easily for Chelsea last weekend, I [.

Da Silva Twins

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Rafael and Fabio Da Silva stand to have good careers at United, with the Brazilian full-backs impressing despite their limited playing time with the club. Sir Alex Ferguson is already raving about their quality and with limited options as cover, it appears as though we will be seeing more of these twins than we might [.

Rooney Wants Fergie To Sign Another Striker

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Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he was less hopeful of securing a striker before the transfer window closes, however Dimitar Berbatov's omission from Tottenham Hotspur's squad today suggests maybe we have something to look forward to. Wayne Rooney, who has for the most part, taken the burden on his own shoulders of us not having an out-and-out [.

Evans: I Wanted To Go Back To Sunderland

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Roy Keane certainly made a positive impression on our young defender, Jonny Evans, who has had two periods at Sunderland on loan, with him claiming that he was eager to return this season. Evans, along with Danny Simpson, joined Keano for the second half of the 2006-2007 season, helping the North-East side return to the Premiership.

Barmby Picked Liverpool Over United… But His Son Won’t Make Same Mistake

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Hull midfielder, Nick Barmy, once said he would never play for Manchester United. Turning out for Everton as their all-time most expensive player at £5.75 million, he attracted attention from all over the Premiership. Everton offered him a new deal, which he rejected, saying he wanted to join Liverpool instead, also shunning United's interest.

Today’s Round Up: Richardson, Andy Cole, Phil Neville and more…

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It's a rubbish weekend when United aren't playing. Having to wait until Monday to see our lads in action makes for a pretty boring Saturday. Here's the RoM summary of today's action. Roy Keane clocks his first victory of the new season against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Former United winger and waste of space, Kieran [.

No Place For Berbatov In Tottenham Squad - Good News For Us?

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Roy Keane's Sunderland have travelled down to London today to take on Tottenham Hostpur at White Hart Lane. United target, Dimitar Berbatov, is missing from the starting line-up, just like he was on Spurs' opening day defeat to Middlesbrough. However, today he is missing from the 18-man squad all together.

UEFA Player of the Year - United More Than Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool

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The shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year candidates have been announced, with six United players featuring. Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo will almost certainly win the overall award, five other players have been recognised, with Edwin Van der Sar being named in the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year category, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic up [.

Another Mardy Player Desperate For United Move

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Although feeling some sympathy, Dimitar Berbatov has been getting on my nerves recently. My frustration probably lies with the fact we have yet another 'transfer saga' on our hands in trying to secure this deal and I'm fed up of hearing without him we're going to win fuck all. Berbatov had the chance to join United [.

Keano: I Thought I Was Strange

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Roy Keane was famed for his rants whilst captain of Manchester United, from his criticisms of 'prawn sandwich munchers' at Old Trafford, to his bust up with Mick McCarthy at the World Cup, as well as the numerous occasions where he questioned the mentality of some of our players. "The players gave it their all tonight [.

Fergie Playing Games Or Is Tottenham Berbatov Deal Off?

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Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't mentioned Dimitar Berbatov's name, for fear of incurring the wrath of Daniel Levy, however has suggested the deal could be off. "I'm feeling less optimistic right now," said Ferguson. "We are looking at something, but if it doesn't come off then we will carry on as we are." Does this mean the deal [.

PICTURES: ‘Miserable’ Ronaldo Back In United Training

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Sir Alex Ferguson announced that Cristiano Ronaldo's return is ahead of schedule, which is great news for us, considering the players we are currently missing (Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick, Nani, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs...). "Ronaldo's maybe a little bit ahead of schedule," said Ferguson.

Who Are United’s Biggest Rivals?

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Arsenal and Chelsea may be regraded by some United fans as our rivals, as they have been the two teams that have given our club serious battles for the Premiership title over the past 15 years. Whilst they can be called rivals, in the sense that we are fighting it out for the same spot [...]

Fergie: Rio Will Be United Captain

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Rio Ferdinand lost out on the England captaincy to John Terry, with England's first game under Capello's choice producing the usual dire football. Terry was caught out for the first goal, pulling Baros' shirt not being enough to stop his opponent from scoring, with nothing but negative reviews for the Chelsea man the following day.

Anderson Gets A Bronze… City’s Jo Gets The Goals

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After being humiliated by Argentina in the semi-finals, Brazil overcame Belgium 3-0 in today's match played for the bronze medal. Anderson had a good game, playing in a more defensive role for Brazil, breaking up play and bursting forward with good pace. However, as the bluenoses will love to tell you, it was their new £19 million [.

Silvestre To Get First Team Place At Arsenal

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Reading United blogs and forums, the general consensus from our fans is that it's rather amusing that Arsenal have taken Mikael Silvestre off our hands. No doubt a total professional and someone who shied away from the limelight, he's always been one of the worst players in our team. Whilst much more competent as a full-back, [.

Was Berbatov Out Of Order?

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Yesterday I commented on the article which appeared in The Sun, with Dimitar Berbatov signing a Manchester United shirt. Whether the whole thing was set up or not, to me, it seemed entirely inappropriate that a player under contract with another club would sign our shirt. "No one can disagree with me wanting to follow my [.

Scholes: I Didn’t Enjoy Playing For England So Why Would I Go Back?

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Sven-Goran Eriksson made the fatal decision of playing Paul Scholes out of position to accomodate Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, a midfield pairing that has failed to work ever since. Scholes jacked in England following this, deciding to concentrate on his club career instead, which has certainly been beneficial to him, and Manchester United.

Does Rooney Have The Right Attitude?

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Since Wayne Rooney exploded on the International football scene during Euro 2004, he has faced some criticism in this country, particularly from the England supporting perspective. Whilst all England players massively under perform, there aren't many players who are the receiving end of more negative England press.

Rio Has Benefited From Neville Injury

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Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are one of the best defensive partnerships in Europe and are certainly one of the best Manchester United have ever seen. However, it was the strength of the Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce pairing which help bring the league title back to Old Trafford back in 1993, and Pally has [.

Vidic: Paddy And I Laugh At Disastrous Derby Debut

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As Robbie Fowler flashed his five flabby digits in the direction of the United section after scoring the third goal, it was a clear this was going to be a day better off forgotten for our fans. Patrice Evra was making his debut for United that day and was completely bossed at the back by Trevor [...]

What Does Simpson Have To Do To Get A Place At United?

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Whispers around Old Trafford suggest that there is more to Danny Simpson's loan to Blackburn Rovers. With a huge question mark hanging over Gary Neville's fitness, our cover at right back is alarmingly short. With Nemanja Vidic getting himself in all kinds of scrapes, Rafael Da Silva may play for more than we'd imagine if [.

Sporting Kid To Chelsea… No Nani or Ronaldo Then?

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Sporting Lisbon has a good reputation of producing players from their youth system, with Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, João Moutinho, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Miguel Veloso probably the most notable of these. Manchester United have a good relationship with the club, forking out substantial transfer fees for Ronaldo and Nani in recent years.

Are Arsenal Fans REALLY Happy About Silvestre Signing?

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I've had Arsenal fans bombarding this blog, telling me how good Mikael Silvestre is and what a good signing he is for Arsenal. I struggle to believe that any of these fans would have been saying the same thing a week ago if TribalFootball was running the story. Whilst admittedly having a soft spot for [.

How Did Rio’s Replacement Do?

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After being given the armband for the friendly against France, the press tipped Rio Ferdinand to be the man to lead out Fabio Capello's England. However, John Terry was Capello's choice for captain, an 8 month decision process that Scolari, Chelsea's new manager, took all of 2 minutes to make. Capello couldn't seem to give [.

Berbatov Signs Manchester United Shirt

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Dimitar Berbatov's character has been questionable since his sulking with Spurs, but I think he may have taken it a step too far now. When a fan thrust a Manchester United shirt in his face, Berbatov happily signed it. Just seems lacking in class to me. Can you imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo had been signing Real [.

Arsenal ACTUALLY Sign Silvestre - Remember When He Nutted Ljungberg…

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Back in May, I offered a fond farewell to Mikael Silvestre, realising that after returning from injury it was finally time for him to go. He's been regarded as a bit of a joke at United for a long time, a player tolerated more than appreciated. He'll have his good games, but will have at [...]

Anderson Happy About Ron & Watched Newcastle On The Net

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Anderson, who suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Argentina at the Olympics yesterday, seems chuffed to bits to be a Manchester United player. He had far more game time than anyone had anticipated last season and got some great performances under his belt, particularly against the trickier matches with Arsenal and Liverpool as [.

Good News For Portsmouth Whilst We’ll Struggle To Pick A Team

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We'll be kidding ourselves if we think Portsmouth will roll over for us like they did against Chelsea at the weekend. As we saw in the Community Shield, Pompey are up for a ruck when playing against United, rugby tackles and all! Sky Sports have just delivered some good news to our next opponents: Portsmouth have [.

United Hooligans, Anti-England and David Beckham

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I've had my fair share of scraps over football in my time, but never the organised hooligan business. Whilst not something I'd be involved in personally, I am intrigued about how it all works. Why do they go around kicking the crap out of people every weekend? Do they really love the club? How much [.

Arsenal After Silvestre? Brilliant

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Now I thought we were on to something when news broke that Mark Hughes was interesting in signing Mikael Silvestre, but now it appears that cheeky smiling Arsene Wenger is after him. "Arsene has been looking for experienced cover for Gael Clichy and he knows all about Mikael," said an Arsenal source.

Support For Rio Ferdinand

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Fabio Capello made the wrong decision in awarding John Terry the captaincy, not that it is much of my concern. Seems like I'm not the only one though, with the chief football writer for The Times holding a new soft spot for Rio. If someone had proposed Rio Ferdinand as England captain three or even two [.

Giggs: Rio Should Have Got It

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Ryan Giggs, who retired from International football to concentrate on his Manchester United career, believes that Rio Ferinand should have been awarded the England captaincy. Whilst still complimentary of the Chelsea man, he thinks that Rio possesses the qualities of a proper England captain "Obviously I am bias and I think Rio should have got it, but [.

David Beckham: Theatre of Dreams

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Liverpool’s Torres Is The Kid, Rio Is The Man

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Fernando Torres, nicknamed 'El Nino', had a very impressive debut season in the Premiership, scoring 24 league goals for Liverpool. The player who United have been linked with on numerous occasions but instead joined compatriot Rafa Benitez with the dippers. Whilst having his way against most Premiership defences, Torres was rendered absolutely worthless in both matches [.

ARGENTINA! Anderson and co. Embarrassed

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ARGENTINA! surprisingly battered Brazil in today's semi-final at the Olympics, meaning they will not go on to play Nigeria in Saturday's final for the gold medal. The referee was taking no prisoners, sending off two frustrated Brazilian's for challenges that would usually see just a yellow card in the Premiership.

The Perfect Captain - Chelsea’s Terry Better Than Rio?

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John Terry's appointment as England captain has got me thinking about what a 'good captain' should be. The man who famously dropped David Beckham, before realising the errors of his ways (albeit, too late) and lost his job because of it, has made yet another controversial decision on awarding the captaincy to Terry.

He Hates Scousers

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It was only when I watched Match of the Day that evening that I saw Gary Neville's celebration following Rio Ferdinand's injury time winner. Like Neville and every other Manchester United fan, I had gone absolutely mental, so missed his thigh slapping and badge holding. Of course, like every other time the two clubs meets, Neville [.

Tim Burgess: Keane For Manager, Repeat Double and 1977 Cup Final

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The Charlatans, fronted by Salford lad Tim Burgess, performed at V Festival at the weekend, receiving rave reviews. Their most recent album was given away free online for fans, ranking 2nd in the indie chart. This was a band fully involved in the Madchester scene that was knocking about in the 80s, becoming popular after supporting [.

Do You Want Rio For England Captain?

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Perfect timing for an International friendly eh? England take on the Czech Republic days after the Premiership season kicked off, in a pointless match at the new Wembley stadium. Training is under way and it's a case of 'same old England'. "I can guarantee we have 23 men who are ready to run through brick walls for [.

More Goals Please? Embarrassing

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I got to Old Trafford earlier than usual yesterday, hoping that there might be some sort of ceremony to celebrate the wonderful season we've just enjoyed. Whilst the friendly against Juve was billed as the trophy celebration, I was sure they'd let the home crowd on the first day of the season share in the [.

Silvestre To City? Bite Sparky’s Hand Off!

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Following the booing Manchester City fans dished out to their team last week, as well as news that owner Thaksin Shinawatra had warrants out for his arrest, the 4-2 battering Aston Villa dished out them confirmed the misery for the bluenoses and Mark Hughes yesterday. However down you might get over United, you should always [.

Glory glory Man United - Any wonder we have glory fans?

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The sun was shining as we left Old Trafford yesterday, but the usual chants of us being Champions that have filled the tunnels under the ground upon exit were missing. We weren't a happy bunch of fans. Walking out under the Sir Matt Busby statue, the two opposing sets of fans began to mingle. The usual [.

More Sponsorship Dosh For United

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Ahead of kick-off yesterday, as well as the handing out of the Reserve team awards for Danny Welbeck and Richard Eckersley, another United 'partner' was announced. Saudi Telecom will now be handing over more money than any other sponsor, apart from AIG, who get their logo on our shirts (and taxis all over town!

Berbatov Mardy Like Cantona

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Dimitar Berbatov is keen to finally get a move through to Manchester United, two years after rushing a deal with Tottenham Hotspur rather than wait around for United. After the Premier League couldn't find enough to charge United with tapping up from Daniel Levy's evidence, the press seem pretty certain a deal will go through sometime [.

VIDEO: From the stands vs the Geordies

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Videos from United's 1-1 draw with Newcastle. Cheer up Kevin Keegan 17.8.08Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Stand Up For the Champions 17.8.08Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Celebrating Fletcher's goal 17.8.08Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia "VIDEO: From the stands vs the Geordies" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Rubbish Without Ronaldo

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...and Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson, Gary Neville, Louis Saha, Ji-Sung Park and Michael Carrick (for 65 minutes). We weren't at the races today. As soon as Edwin Van der Sar made the decision to punch the ball rather than collect it, leading to the corner which Newcastle opened the scoring from, you knew we [.

Chants: Much Better Than Ji-Hai

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Park Ji-Sung's song has been the most popular in Old Trafford for some time, as any funny chant taking the piss out of the scousers will be. Now, I won't be able to compete with the popular songs already going for him, but can we improve on his already successful chant? To This is Your Song And you [.

Neville: United Out Of My System

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"My brother always celebrates like that when we beat Liverpool," said Phil Neville in January 2006. "It means a lot to him and I think people should just let it go." Rio Ferdinand had just scored an injury time winner against Liverpool and Gary Neville had gone mental. Phil, who'd left United for Everton 5 months [.

Chants: The Brazilian Nevilles

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With the season starting today, at RoM we decided to see if we could get some new chants going at OT, whether they're brand new stupid ones created on here, or chants doing the rounds in the pubs but not making it in to full voice at the ground. The first subject for chants is going [...]

Ronaldo Is Every Gay Man’s Dream

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Ahead of Manchester United's opening game of the season, Cristiano Ronaldo has added another award to the collection, pipping David Beckham and The Village People to the prize. "Ronaldo's ripped body, slicked-back hair, shiny white teeth and jewellery swung the votes his way. He looks like any gay man or woman's dream.

Fergie: United Will Keep Winning After I Leave

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This summer has seen a strange battle of words between Manchester United and Chelsea, with Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting the blues don't have much more room for improvement with their current squad, whilst John ludicrously claimed United have already peaked. Without directly addressing the Chelsea captain, Ferguson has insisted today that our current team has an [.

Rooney Thinks He Can Play Anywhere

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Wayne Rooney is a special player and for me, the most important one at Manchester United. Despite improving every season since joining United, he rarely gets the praise that he deserves. Sir Alex Ferguson recently admitted that it was time to play Rooney in his natural position, to allow the forward to receive the credit [.

Carrick: John Terry Is Wrong…We Will Improve

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Following John Terry's ludicrous suggestion that Manchester United's young team had already peaked and had no room for improvement, Michael Carrick has hit back at the Chelsea cry-baby. It stands to reason that a team with so many talented youngsters, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Anderson and Nani, will continue to improve with every [.

As If There Was Any Doubt… Rooney Fit For Opener

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Whenever Manchester United play without Wayne Rooney, I feel on edge. It doesn't matter who the opposition are, it doesn't matter what competition we're playing in, Rooney is the first player I always want to see in our team. His ability, coupled with his winning mentality, mean he is a necessity to our team.

Whose Side Are You On, Roy?

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It's quite an incredible position to be in. English and European Champions, yet already being written off for the following season. What has happened? The fact we've 'needed' a new striker for the past two years, whilst we've been collecting the trophies, has been forgotten. Now, if we don't sign a striker we're screwed, apparently.

One Game At Old Trafford Is Worth Two Elsewhere

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John O'Shea showed potential to be a brilliant player when he was lad, megging Luis Figo when he was at his best. He had surprisingly quick feet for a big lad and was confident on the ball. Sadly, O'Shea has never fulfilled that potential, but his attitude has seen him rise in popularity at Old Trafford.

Hughes’ City Booed Already

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Manchester City lost to FC Midtjylland last night. It really does make you wonder how we lost to this outfit at home and away last season. This side, who I imagine you've never heard of, were runners up in the Danish league last season. "Maybe they didn't know the names of any single player in our [.

The Summer of Spain’s Highs and Lows

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Spain were worthy winners of this year's European Championship, boasting an array of talented youngsters as well as sturdy experience. They finished top of their group, winning all three games, scoring an impressive 8 goals. In the quarter finals they took on World Champions, Italy, with the game finishing 0-0.

United Dependent On Berbatov To Avoid Humiliation By Chelsea

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The fact that United have played the best part of two seasons without an out-and-out striker, after the sale of Ruud van Nistelrooy and the injuries to Louis Saha, seems to have passed most people by. I have to wonder if the journalists writing about United's title chances have been paying much attention over the [.

Levy With Egg On His Face After Tottenham Dossier Inadequate

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With reports all week suggesting that Dimitar Berbatov's move would be completed any day now, the Premier League's investigation is stillRepublik Of Mancunia › Create New Post — WordPress ongoing. After an article appeared in The Sun carrying quotes supposedly from Sir Alex Ferguson talking about Berbatov, Daniel Levy erupted.

United ‘Decline’ Prevented Berbatov’s Move

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Dimitar Berbatov does not cut a happy figure at the moment, entirely frustrated that his desired to move to United has become so difficult. Far too often the word 'saga' is involved with United in the transfer market, from John Obi Mikel to Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves to Cristiano Ronaldo. It would be nice if [.

“I Know Arsenal Are Interested…But I Dream Of United”

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Manchester United have been linked to Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan in the press, a long with several other clubs. Like Aaron Ramsey, who recently signed for Arsenal, Annan grew up supporting United. Arsenal have recently requested that the player joins them for training. The midfielder has been in England undergoing a trial with Blackburn Rovers, however [.

Chelsea’s Fat Frank Signs - Consequences For United?

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The topic of loyalty in football is more debated than ever before, with players moving clubs at the drop of a hat, kissing the badge one week and demanding more money the next, and publicly slating their manager in a bid to get a move to their desired club. Of all the players who are currently [...]

The Importance Of Park

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Park Ji-Sung is one of the few United players who manages to escape much praise from the media and our fans. Whilst he's never going to set the World alight, I think he certainly has a job to do for us, particularly next season. Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the opening couple of months of the season [.

Ian Wright Wants Arsenal Hero At United

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Rumours linking Thierry Henry to Manchester United have been circulating for some time now, which have been perpetuated with Sir Alex Ferguson's recent admission that he couldn't rule a bid for the striker out, saying, "I can't answer it because I've not got a direct answer." I have already made my feelings on the matter rather [.

Chelsea’s Cry Baby Starting To Sound Desperate

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Whilst John Terry will certainly still be feeling the weight of responsibility for his team's failure, I don't think that quite excuses the lunacy of his recent statements. Last week, Terry was claiming that United have peaked. Now, this can be forgiven I suppose. He's ranting and trying to lift the confidence of his team [.

Chelsea’s Cole: More To United Than Just Ronaldo

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Manchester United faced criticism of being a 'one man team' throughout the season, which although it might be taken seriously by some, anyone who watched United play on a regular basis could see what a load of bollocks it was. Ronaldo had a case of the Midas touch last season, pulling off incredible tricks and finishing [.

Do We Need To Worry About Goals Against Newcastle?

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Last season we scored a total of 11 goals against Newcastle, beating them 6-0 at home and 5-1 away. In these games, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 5 goals, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney bagged 2 each, with Rio Ferdinand and Louis Saha also getting on to the scoresheet. United will certainly be without Ronaldo for the opening [.

VIDEO: United Battle With Arsenal For Another Signing

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Anthony Annan is a 22-year-old midfielder from Ghana who, according to reports today, has caught the attention of United and Arsenal. Annan, who currently plays for Norwegian side IK Start, has spent the week training at Blackburn Rovers. Paul Ince failed to wrap up a deal before the end of the trial, sending the player back [.

The 'Holy Trinity' statue now stands proudly opposite Old Trafford, looking up t

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The 'Holy Trinity' statue now stands proudly opposite Old Trafford, looking up to the one of Sir Matt Busby. It raises the question of whether in 50 years it'll be a statue of Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes added to the grounds somewhere. Three totally committed players who between them have an incredible [.

United Will Finish 2nd, Chelsea Will Finish 1st

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Last season, United were some way short of what I'd expect of a team filled with the ability it has. Despite adding Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez, Anderson and Nani to what was already a Championship winning side, we finished 2 points behind our total from the season before. Even with all the goals Ronaldo scored, [.

Capello On Rooney’s Love Life and Smoking

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Wayne Rooney is an obvious target for criticism in this country and he gets more than his fair share. Whether talking about his temperament or his performance, Rooney is put in the spotlight and is heavily scrutinised. However, it appears as though new England manager, Fabio Capello, is on Rooney's side.

VIDEO: Another Penalty Shoot Out Victory For United

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The Community Shield was decided with a penalty shoot out yesterday, following a one-sided match in United's favour, that unfortunately saw all our best chances falling to Darren Fletcher. So, for the third time in a year, United took part in and won a penalty shoot out. England, take note, this is how it's done!

Vidic Relief: I Was 9th In Line For Moscow Shoot Out

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Nemanja Vidic is a favourite with the fans because of his fighting mentality and bravery. He'll stick his head, leg or body in the way of anything if it means United will benefit, and he's paid the price for this with bruises, cuts, and even being knocked unconscious. In an interview with the United magazine, Vidic [.

Do Portsmouth Pay Off The Refs Against Us Or What?

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It could have been another Treble. After knocking out Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, a victory against Portsmouth would have seen us needing to beat West Brom in the semi-finals and Cardiff in the final to be awarded the FA Cup. But a referee, who apparently deserves our respect, denied us a stonewall penalty.

Career Ending Tackle For United Youth Compensated

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Ben Collett joined United's youth system when he was just 9-years-old and developed in to a player with the potential of becoming a first teamer at the club. He was given the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2003, a prize that Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Wes Brown have all [.

What Do We Expect From Ron? Would You Leave Real For United?

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We finally got the clarification we were looking for on Ronaldo's future last week, following a summer of comments of intent from Real Madrid and Manchester United, as well as vague messages from the player. He is staying. Now, there's plenty of time to reflect on our opinions of Ronaldo over the coming season.

Someone Should Have Told Tevez It Was Only The Community Shield

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A Year Further On…Tevez’s Fitness Light Years Ahead

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City had put away a lucky deflection in the first half, after Nemanja Vidic uncharacteristically shied away from the ball instead of putting in a tackle. The few blues that were in there were getting pretty giddy as the second half rolled out, despite seeing their team absolutely battered. Even if they could hang on [.

Nani Needs To Grow Up

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This time last year, new signing Nani signed a couple of brilliant goals in the pre-season. These goals were followed by his audacious celebration, flipping in the air. Already you knew this was a player who was going to get on our opponents nerves. Our first win last season came four games in against Tottenham Hotspur, [.

VIDEO: Anderson Scores In Brazil 5-0 Win

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Anderson is hugely popular with the United faithful, showing bags of skill, confidence, fight, and potential to become one of the World's greatest. The only area he has been lacking so far is in the scoring department, with his debut season finishing without a goal. Some might say he made up for this with his penalty [.

Alex Ferguson - First A Knighthood, Next Step Canonisation?

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When Sir Alex Ferguson was knighted following our success in 1999, our neighbours in Merseyside were not happy bunnies. Firstly, because they didn't need any more reminding that our lads had achieved something they hadn't, but mainly because Fergie was receiving an honour Bob Paisley never did. Fergie had been recognised for his 25 years of [.

Will Fergie Make Friends With Real Madrid? No Chance

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The Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga has drawn to a close, for the summer at least, following the player's admission that he wants to stay at United next season. Of course though, Ronaldo still has aspirations of making a move to Real Madrid at some point in his career, and no doubt, the Spanish club will be [.

A Year Further On… First Chelsea, Now Portsmouth - Do We Care?

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It's strange to think that this time last year United were facing Chelsea in the Charity Shield (I realise the name has changed, but I won't be able to keep it up all article without reverting, so just go with me here) following our league title win and Chelsea's FA Cup win. I was at that [...]

104 Pages Of Ronaldo Saga

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Most of you are aware that this blog is linked with the RepublikofMancunia.org forum, which manages to itself up to date on all the latest goings on at United, thanks to the wonderful members. Now, with the season over and most of our players absent from Euro 2008 because of their countries' failure to qualify, the [.

United Welcome Ronnie Back With Real Madrid Shirt

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It's good to see that our lads have a sense of humour, after reports revealed that upon arrival back in Manchester, Ronaldo was given a Real Madrid shirt from his team mates. His name and number were written on the back, with an 'x' across them. A 'club source' spilled the beans. "It was hilarious," said the [.

PICTURES: United Head Tennis Training Ahead Of Shield

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Ahead of the Community Shield against Portsmouth, United have been involved in a nice relaxing training session. Nani and Campbell took on the Da Silva twins, whilst Gary Neville is a match for Brown and O'Shea. Rooney was also seen in training after a few weeks off following a virus. "PICTURES: United Head Tennis Training Ahead [.

Saha Ready For 100% Fitness… So We Can Sell Him

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Louis Saha is a player I have defended on several occasions when reds get on his case, however, half way through last season, I had lost my patience with him. He's tried, there's no denying that, but if we are going to dominate in the way we should, we need a striker we can rely [...]

The Three or Four Strikers Ferguson Hopes To Sign

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Whilst we have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is staying next season, we still could do with a new striker for the start of the season, to take the pressure off our limited forward positions. With Frazier Campbell currently looking good to be in the starting team against Newcastle, it is clear United don't have the [.

Can Ronaldo Really Improve Next Season?

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Before the turn of the year, I looked at Ronaldo's form in comparison to the season before. We had all been blown away by his performances in 06-07, so to see him improving so dramatically seemed impossible. There was no way he could sustain this goalscoring form to the end of the season, surely? Speaking before [.

RoM Recommends…

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For decent United books and DVDs check out the Republik of Mancunia recommendations, with prices starting from as a little as a quid. "RoM Recommends..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Get Your Kids In The Colours

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Spreadshirt, who are behind the manufacturing of the products at Mancunia Merchandise, are running a deal on kids gear at the shop. Up until August 25th, you can get free shipping on any order which includes a child product. Simply enter the code BACKTOFREESHIPPING when given the option. So, if there's anything you fancy and you [.

Foster Situation “Unfortunate”

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Ben Foster's Manchester United career has yet to really take off, following time away on loan, coupled with a shattering cruciate ligament injury. The lad made a promising début against Derby last season and embarrassing enough, was our man of the match against arguably the worst side to ever play in the Premiership.

Silva’s Contract Talks Stall…United Make Their Move

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Just last summer, David Silva signed a 7-year-contract with Valencia, as a player who came from their youth system. Silva, who was lucky to stay on the field during Spain's Euro 2008 semi-final versus Germany, after an exchange with Lukas Podolski, has been in talks over a new contract, which have stalled.

Respect The Ref? Someone Should Tell The FA That Respect Is Earned, Not Given

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"Love and respect do not automatically accompany a position of leadership. They must be earned." Roy Keane was the worst of the lot, wearing the captains arm band, chasing Andy D'Urso around the pitch. Jaap Stam, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham all followed. So what was the big deal? Why did one man warrant the [.

The Self-Sacrifice Of Ferdinand

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With Gary Neville injured and Ryan Giggs only making an appearance from the bench, Rio Ferdinand was entrusted with the captain's armband for Manchester United's appearance in the European Cup final last season. "He dominated on the ground and in the air" read the Manchester Evening News report on Ferdinand in that match.

Had John Terry Not Slipped, United Wouldn’t Have Won The European Cup

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If I got a pound for every time I read rival fans on this blog write, "United only won the European Cup because John Terry slipped", I'd be a very rich man indeed. As is part and parcel of football support in this country, your success will always be undermined by your rivals. I remember distinctly [.

Rio: Fergie Knows Best

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The Guardian recently wrote that Manchester United "so desperately needed" a striker, following little action in the transfer window. I wonder why these hacks don't get bored of writing the same thing. For the past two years we've been "in desperate need" of a striker, following Ruud van Nistelrooy's deparature in the summer of 2006.

VIDEO: Highlights Of Peterborough vs United

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Manchester United won 2-0 in a friendly against Peterborough on Monday, in a game which saw promising débuts, familiar faces, and Reserve team action. The match was reported on here and here. "VIDEO: Highlights Of Peterborough vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney Out… Absences Leads To 4-3-3 or 4-4-2?

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With Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson already ruled out for the start of the season, the last thing we wanted to hear is that Wayne Rooney could be missing as well. Sir Alex Ferguson informed Sky Sports News earlier today that following days without training after picking up a virus, Rooney might not be available for [.

Relief For Fans - Fergie Is Still The Gaffer

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It is no surprise that so many former players of Sir Alex Ferguson have become top flight managers, with his unwavering desire to win and be the best, coupled with his impeccably high standards. He inspires this attitude in his players, with his position as boss never questioned. Mark Hughes, who recently took on the job [.

Fail To Prepare…Prepare To Fail

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Whilst some see Roy Keane as a violent, uncontrolled scumbag, he will forever remain as an inspirational, professional, dedicated winner to us. Keane always had the highest expectations since starting to play the game as a youngster. When he broke in to the Nottingham Forest side, before joining United, he was left amazed by the negative [.

United At Their Peak? Is Chelsea’s Terry Really That Thick?

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Whatever happens in the future, whether we end up like Leeds or simply can't hack it at the top once Sir Alex Ferguson leaves, whether Roman Abramovich hires all the best coaches in the World or spends £100s of millions on the greatest players to ensure superiority in England and Europe, John Terry will always [.

Introducing Coton’s Replacement… Pinched From Ince

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Last week I reported on the likelihood of Eric Steele, the recently employed Blackburn goalkeeping coach. Mark Hughes had his own man for the job, Kevin Hitchcock, when he took at the position at Manchester City, meaning that Steele joined Paul Ince at Blackburn less than a month ago. Obviously United moved too slowly and missed [.

The Opinion of the Enemy: Master vs Novice

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TheChelseaBlog.org was at United's victory over Peterborough last night and gave an insight from the stands. The usual disorganised farce followed by a fifteen minute delay signalled the start of a big game for Peterborough United. Despite plenty of advanced warning to prepare, the local constabulary aka half a dozen or so officers (while the rest [.

VIDEO: Gibson’s Wondergoal vs Peterborough

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It was the battle of Fergie vs Fergie, with Senior edging it with a 2-0 win. The opener was an own goal, but Darron Gibson scored a blinder a minute after coming on the field. The midfielder has had an unimpressive pre-season so far, but he will have certainly caught the boss' attention with this! "VIDEO: Gibson's [.

Fergie vs Fergie: Own Goal, Brazilian Twins & Wonder Strike!

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Manchester United travelled down to face Sir Alex's Ferguson's son's team, Peterborough, winning with a rather generous 2-0 scoreline. Whilst this was another good opportunity for our lads to get to match fitness, the main talk revolved around the appearance of our Brazilian twins, who we've been hearing trickles of news about every 6 months or [.

More Badge-Kissing… Now Arsenal’s Adebayor

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In the week leading up to Manchester United saying goodbye to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the player, Sir Alex Ferguson commented on the state of our game, in terms of loyalty and contracts. "Anyone serving more than 10 years at a football club these days is exceptional," said Fergie. "Especially with freedom of contract, the Bosman [.

Simpson To Blackburn: Great Experience Or United Exposed?

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Danny Simpson will be joining Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan, following previous stints at Sunderland, Ipswich and Royal Antwerp. Just as Tom Heaton and Febian Brandy have secured temporary moves away, to Cardiff and Swansea respectively, Simpson will be starting 2008-2009 with Paul Ince's men down the road.

Who’s That Man From Argentina?

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Carlos Tevez quickly won the United crowd with his brilliant attitude and great ability, although we were already rather partial to him following his time at Corinthians. Back in 2005, Tevez showed up at a press conference in Sao Paulo press conference wearing a United shirt. He was fined £13,000 for doing so.

From The Stands - Ole’s Speech, Freekick, Goal Celebration, Teddy, Schmeichel…

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Saturday was a great day out at Old Trafford, watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer play on our pitch for the last time. He walked on to the pitch with two of his kids, carrying the European Cup. The applause and cheering was deafening. Peter Schmeichel spoke to the crowd about what a magnificent footballer and person Solskjaer was, [.

“Where Will All The Goals Come From?” Ruud… now Ronaldo

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United had just finished second in the Premiership and won the League Cup. It was our most successful season since winning the title in 2003, and whilst still some way off our high expectations, at least we could finally believe we were getting there. However, our top scorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, was certainly on the way [.

Alan Smith’s First Year Away - Did Fergie Ruin Him?

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Alan Smith quickly won over the Old Trafford crowd, despite his Leeds United roots. In fact, it was probably the fact that he had grown up loving Leeds, yet was able to play his heart out for us, that warmed us to him. See, we all remembered Smithy as that Leedscum who came to our place [...]

Tevez Tantrum? You Were Watching A Different Match!

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I was fortunate enough to be one the 68,000 at Old Trafford yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed getting to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer off. Of course, with Ole now working with the Reserves, there was no need for a tearful farewell. For me, Carlos Tevez was easily the best player on the park. Whilst Solskjaer showed some [.

Campbell To Fill Berbatov Void

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given a fond farewell from the Old Trafford crowd yesterday, as United beat Espanyol 1-0 in Ole's testimonial. With some lovely link up play, as well as a blinding shot from the edge of the box, which required a brilliant save in front of the Stretford End to keep it out, [..

Rio: Rooney Is The Complete Player…And He Can Get Ever Better

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Pele recently criticised Wayne Rooney, claiming that the young forward has never again reached the highs of 2004. This to me is a great example of someone who doesn't watch Rooney week in week out. I'd argue that most people who do would agree that Rooney is the first player in our team I'd want [...

Tottenham Hotspur Exposed As Arrogant and Disgraceful Hypocrites

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As a United fan, you get used to more than our fair share of criticism. Our team is in the spotlight of the media, of rival fans, and of the FA. If United do something, good or bad, then the papers are full of it. If United do something, brilliant or awful, rival fans have [...]

Solskjaer: I remember sticking my foot out and the ball going in but everything else is a bit of a blur

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always a rare Manchester United player. Not just because he scored a goal that won us the European Cup, not just because he always took his starting place on the bench without grumbling and not just because he genuinely is just a bloody nice bloke. He is rare because he is [.

Solskjaer’s Greatest Moments: Red card vs Newcastle

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Nice natured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was once on the receiving end of a red card after committing an intentional foul on Newcastle's Robert Lee. As he walked towards the tunnel at Old Trafford, David Beckham ran over to give him a pat on the back. Solskjaer shrugged, "I had to do it," he said. Before that match, [.

Solskjaer’s Greatest Moments: FA Cup vs Liverpool

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It was a Football Factory moment. Replace Chelsea with United and Millwall with Liverpool, and the reaction is exactly the same. Result, the dippers in the Cup! These draws can't be rivalled by any other match, when you get put up against your enemies in a winner takes it all scenario. Defeat means you're out [.

Solskjaer’s Greatest Moments: Return From Injury

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A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about the amazing comebacks of Manchester United, whether that be winning the European Cup just 10 years after the Munich Air Disaster or their ability to win games they have no write to. I also focussed on the magnificent comeback of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had [.

Fergie: Ole Looked

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In a day dedicated to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with his testimonial against Espanyol being played tomorrow afternoon, we have looked at several of Solskjaer's great moments with the club. As a player strongly associated with that magical night in 1999, it's important to remember other imporant moments in his United career, such as the red [.